A busy time…

Hello,

Although I haven’t blogged for a while I have been busy sewing.  I finally finished my wallhanging of the monthly crazy quilting journal project. It took me a while as I kept getting sidetracked on other bits and pieces. It will be a super reminder of my first year of retirement.

IMG_0797During the summer months I busily prepared some gifts to mark the arrival of my new grandchild. My daughter decided that they would wait to see what sex the baby was until the birth. This meant I prepared 2 sets of things, one in pink and the other in blue. Joseph was born in late October and here are the pictures of his cuddly.  I used some minky with dimples on the back which is cuddly and soft.

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I made another set of toy holders with rings on the top, as Farris is expert at opening velcro and could throw his toys out of the double buggy!

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Then I decided to make a set of bags using Peter Rabbit fabric.  They were fun and quick to make.  Hopefully they will be very useful.IMG_0855 IMG_0860

IMG_0858Oops, this laundry bag is a bit creased as I forgot to photograph it, so waited until it was unwrapped!

When I’m sewing I like a bit of variety, so have also been working on 12″ blocks for my maroon and cream king size quilt and a Christmassy hidden star design for a lap quilt. Neither will be finished this year as with the arrival of Joseph I’m working hard to make him a cot quilt and Farris can’t be left out, so he will have a cot bed quilt covered in his favourite diggers with a cosy fleece backing. Hopefully these will both be finished before Christmas. All this will keep me amused over the next few weeks.

Well I hope you have a fun weekend and keep sewing!

Linda

 

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Some finishes!

At long last I can reveal some finishes!

Loud drumroll please… I have actually finished the playmat for my grandson Farris and given it to him a few days before his first birthday. I made it, in more ways than one!

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I’ve been adventurous and tried some free motion quilting around some of the countries where I needed extra quilting to ensure the wadding doesn’t move when the mat is washed.  It was fun to free motion quilt on something a bit bigger than a mug rug.

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Then I finished my table runner for Easter. I don’t usually make things in such light colours for my dining room and it made a real change to work with some of my favourite colours.

IMG_0642When I originally put my Easter table runner on the dining room table I felt it needed something in the middle. Unlike at Christmas I didn’t want to put a candle there, so have displayed some of the clay work my daughter made many years ago.  It brings back happy memories looking at it and it’s great to have it out again.

Today at my quilting class I enjoyed sewing the bag my sister in law and brother in law gave me in kit form for Christmas. The bottom of the bag is quilted and it is finished with a turn down cuff at the top.

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We were all intrigued to see how the pattern went together as it was quite different to any we had used before. I am really pleased with it and love all the pockets inside. It seems quite sturdy to carry my things around in.

I always like presses like this where you can learn new techniques and make some thing useful.

IMG_0645Well that’s my total sewing pile for most of March and the beginning of April.  I need to go back and work on my individual quilt blocks again now.

Keep sewing and relaxing!

Linda

 

My baby snugglers!

I’ve not blogged recently about all the baby things I’ve made, as I have spent soooo much time at my machines.  I’m only going to show my snuggler infant swaddlers, as I cannot post piccys of my quilts yet,  because the colours will help you to guess the sex of my long awaited grandchild! I love the bright coloured stripes on the inside of the snuggler with the little animals.

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I am truly thrilled with the finish of these snugglers that I made in flannel using Lotta Jansdotter’s pattern. There are only two pattern pieces and they fitted together really easily, even adding the Velcro was a cinch. It is a free download you can find here – http://makezineblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/lotta_snuggler_pattern.pdf I also borrowed her book from the library entitled, Simple Sewing for Baby: 24 Easy Projects for Newborns to Toddlers, and used the patterns in the back of it.

Before I made the snugglers I decided to wash and tumble the flannel to avoid shrinkage when the snuggler was washed.   I hope the snuggler comforts my grandchild and I am really looking forward to swaddling the little one in a cosy warm snuggler soon!

New baby sewing ideas

Wow! 2013, where have all the years since the Millennium disappeared to?

This month I am concentrating on making gifts for my daughter and son in law as they are expecting a  baby in March.  I am working on a baby quilt this week.

Tomorrow I am helping to start a new quilting group in my home town of Braintree, Essex. The hardest part was finding a suitable hall that had a free day twice a month.  We filled the places in three days, I’m delighted so many quilters are keen to join us. We are going to work together to fill the timetable for our first year, and have already pencilled in Christmas projects for our July sessions.  We are buzzing with ideas and just raring to go.

Have fun and enjoy your sewing this week.  Life is what you make it, so go and spread the joy.